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Category: Professional Development

CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is Searching for New Members

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development

CFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is searching for four new members.  We welcome nominations from CFLA member associations and interested individuals who are members of a CFLA/FCAB member association. Once appointed to the Committee, the responsibility of members is to the Committee, not to the nominating body.

Call for Expressions of Interest!

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Call for Expressions of Interest to represent CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

The CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee (CMSC) is seeking expressions of interest in representing CFLA-FCAB on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC). One CFLA-FCAB position is currently open and CMSC would like to have someone in place for September 1, 2022. The appointment will be for a three-year term ending August 31, 2025.

Survey – Manitoba Libraries and Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness

Posted in Advocacy, and Professional Development


In January 2022 Manitoba Library Association was invited by Manitoba Department of Families to review the discussion paper Developing Manitoba’s Homelessness Strategy and attend a strategy call. MLA provided feedback to the Department of Families on the role that libraries play as community hubs for connecting all users, including users experiencing homelessness, to information resources that they require to support their cultural, social, and economic well being. The Department of Families has since developed the What We Heard report from their consultations.

Learning in Unprecedented Times with the Education Institute

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In these unprecedented times, the Education Institute’s upcoming webinars will continue to run, with a modified schedule. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many webinar presenters are taking on more work to support their communities and are unable to run their session during previously scheduled times. The calendar has been updated to reflect any changes made.

Available Webinars

The following webinars are available for viewership:

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We are curating content to help the library community navigate this pandemic, whether you are running programs virtually or figuring it out. Please email if you have an idea that can support the library community.

All-Access Pass

The Education Institute offers an annual subscription to its continuing education platform called the All-Access Pass. This pass provides you and your staff with unlimited access to upcoming webinars and archived sessions. If you or your organization are seeking solutions for providing professional development for staff in bulk, please get in contact with us at

Free Webinar Replay: Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress

Posted in COVID-19, and Professional Development

As communities across the globe work to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the library’s role as an information resource and community partner is more crucial than ever—whether or not the physical library is closed. In this special episode of AL Live, we’ll be speaking with librarians from communities that have been on the front lines of this crisis. They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their patrons.  
You can view the archive of this event at after the event. Attendance for the live event is limited to 1,000 people. We anticipate being at full capacity for the event. If you are unable to join the live event, we will be posting the recording within 24 hours of the live event. We will post the recording to as soon as it’s ready.  


Upcoming Free Webinars

Posted in Professional Development

Volunteer Manitoba is offering a webinar titled Planning and Facilitating Virtual Meetings, Including Your AGM on March 31, 2020, from 11 am to 12 pm.

There are special considerations when planning and facilitating a virtual meeting.

In this webinar, we will cover the best practices for planning and facilitating a virtual meeting to compensate for the lack of body language and facial cues to ensure everyone is an active participant. We’ll provide an overview of the common elements of an AGM and what should be done before and during the meeting, with an emphasis on how to plan for a virtual AGM. Examples of meeting and AGM agendas will be provided.

The Partnership is offering a webinar titled Crisis Communications: Communicating with Consistency and Transparency on April 2, 2020, from 12 to 1 pm.

Unprecedented times call for clear, consistent, honest communication with all parties – staff, customers, City partners, Council members, Library Boards, and the media.

This webinar will review decision-making, managing risk, rallying staff, messaging service changes, closures, moving to and promotion of online programming and services, and coordination of re-opening processes and messaging.

Join Hamilton Public Library’s Paul Takala, CEO, and Shelley McKay, Manager, Communications to learn more about how, what, and when to communicate during challenging times.

MLA Webinar: A Flux Capacitor is not a Planning Tool: How to Plan for Technology with Janet Ayles

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Original date: Monday, May 13th, 2019, from 3-4 pm

Description: Although it is entirely possible for things to get better with age, this does not apply to the computers and other technology in your library. Library budgets are often very tight and we all try to squeeze “just one more year” out of our tech, hoping that we can make those limited dollars go as far as possible. However, this does nothing for the patrons using those aging computer or library staff who have to troubleshoot them as they fail. Creating a technology plan builds a schedule where you can plan the replacement of computers and other technology in your library before they fail and cause problems and panic. Having a replacement schedule will also give you a roadmap of how to spend your budget dollars. This session will give you a guideline and tips on how to create a technology plan of your own.


MLA Webinar: Recipe for Return on Investment with Rhonda O’Neill

Posted in Professional Development

Original date: Monday, May 6, 2019, at 12 pm CST

Description: In recent years a number of large library systems have completed economic impact studies. If your resources are more limited, how do you calculate and communicate the library’s value in a way that rings true to your stakeholders? What can you learn from your calculations? This session will explore the process of calculating a market value return on investment at your library and communicating it to your target audience.

MLA Talk and Tour at Transcona Public Library

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Date: Monday, June 17, 2019, at 6:00 pm

Location: Transcona Library, 1 Transcona Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3W 1S8

Cost: $10 for MLA members / $20 for non-members

Description: Due to the success of our first TALK AND TOUR, we will be holding a second event that combines the chance to tour a new (or new to you!) library space and engage in lively discussion with library colleagues. Our June 2019 event will be held at the brand new Transcona Library on Monday, June 17th at 6 pm.  The Transcona Library reopened in April 2019 and has some exciting features, including an open and accessible floor plan, a family literacy playground in the Children’s area, a living green wall, and an outdoor reading area and garden. Tour the beautiful space, and then follow that up with light refreshments and discussion time with colleagues.

For more info on the Transcona Library visit:

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**Note: PayPal is not currently available for payment. You can pay at the door via exact cash or via credit card OR you can register now and we will contact you about payment when PayPal is available**